Stun gun critics seek statewide standardsJune 27,2013The Associated Press
MONTPELIER — Advocates for people with disabilities say Vermont has failed to come up with a statewide policy and training on police use of stun guns in the more than a year after a 39-year-old Thetford man was killed by one.
Representatives of Vermont Legal Aid and the American Civil Liberties Union joined three lawmakers in speaking out on the issue at the Statehouse a year and a week after Macadam Mason’s death.
Mason, who had epilepsy and a psychiatric disability, died after being hit in the chest by a Taser used by State Police Senior Trooper David Shaffer, whom Attorney General William Sorrell later cleared of any wrong doing.
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